The Taipei City Government yesterday unveiled a large-scale urban renewal project at Grand Green, a long-abandoned area north of Beiping E Road, turning the old building and train station into an open exhibition as part of its plan to improve the city’s landscape.
The “Taipei Extra-Ordinary” exhibition, which will open to the public on Sept. 3, was a collaboration between the city’s Urban Redevelopment Office and the Urban Regeneration Station (URS), a civic group dedicated to urban renewal and art.
A total of 14 artist and cultural groups decorated the abandoned train station and building with -elements commonly seen in Taipei to portray daily life in the city, turning different sections in the grounds into a kitchen, coffee shop, bike shop and grocery store.
Addressing the exhibition launch ceremony yesterday, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said it showcased the city government’s efforts to beautify the city’s landscape and how new life had been breathed into old and abandoned areas.
“Urban renewal is not only about tearing down buildings. Revitalizing old areas and giving new life to abandoned buildings are also crucial as we try to make the city better,” he said.
Exhibition curator Chiu Wen-chieh (邱文傑) said the spirit of the project was to promote the chaotic yet charming culture aesthetic of Taipei that is often hidden in the city’s alleys.
“Taipei is a city full of energy and we are hoping to show local residents and foreign visitors what living in Taipei feels like and the charm of its grassroots culture through the exhibition,” he said.
The exhibition will run from Sept. 3 to Nov. 23. Prior to the exhibition, the organizers will show two Taiwanese films —Au Revoir Taipei (一頁台北) and Taipei Exchanges (第36個故事) — at 7pm at Grand Green today and tomorrow respectively.
For more information on the exhibition and related activities, visit the Web site at www.urstaipei.net.